Transplanting cherry tree

Old 05-15-06, 09:02 PM
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Transplanting cherry tree

I've got a non-fruit bearing cherry tree in my back yard which I need to move. Can I transplant it? What are the main guidelines I should follow? I really don't want to chop it down but it's got to go.

Old 05-16-06, 09:35 AM
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You can definitely transplant it but wait until the fall.
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Move as much of the root ball as possible. I would wait until January when it is dormant.

You can trench around it to define the root ball now, allowing new feeder roots to develop before fall. Fill the trench with peat moss. Dig the root ball where it was trenched to take a good set of feeder roots when you move the tree.
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how big is this cherry tree? (height and canopy diameter) the older it is the larger the root system will be and therefore more troublesome to transplant. if its a bigger tree, you'll need a bigger rootball. that equals more mass, more weight, and more trouble. if this is the case, you'll need a machine to lift the tree out of the ground
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Hi Vruedebu,

Great suggestions so far. If you are in a part of the country and your tree hasn't leafed out yet you could move it now. I'd like to know how large the tree is too. You should find this helpful.


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